This article is a guide to using, and how I am going to use the amazing list of lists that DNDSpeak have produced. These are community filled through Reddit, so there is a great deal of diversity. You can click on the image to the right to go to DNDSpeak’s website, or the Reddit logo to go to their logo page. I will look at the basic differences between the original, and the TableSmith formatted files. I will then go into the how to use, and give some ideas, and then finally I will have the download to grab the entire package of files and what to do with them.
If you don’t have a copy of TableSmith you don’t need it, but it DOES make it easier to use these lists. These lists are a great source of content, fun, fluff and filling to almost any campaign, and while not all will suit all games, there are bound to be a couple that suit your game. The first thing to note is that you don’t have to do ANYTHING to make these tables work. BUT, here is the first caveat. These tables are written FOR TableSmith. I took the original lists from DNDSpeak and converted them into the tables I have here. If you don’t have, nor do you want to get TableSmith, then you are best to use the link above, and go copy and print any tables you want.
The downloads I have have converted them to suit the needs of the table, the main being that each has had it’s value removed of 1 – 100 (etc.) to a simple 1 and replaced the “.” after the number with a “,”. As seen below:
Modified version for TableSmith:
While for the most part you can just download, print and then run them, mixing them might be fun too, and using them for other things might be good to throw some random results into the mix to help. As a GM I can see many of these tables being useful in day to day gaming, but I can also see them being used by characters (NPC and PC) to add some other elements to make them stand out from the crowd.
So, how can you use these tables together in a TableSmith roll. Well some basic ones are character generation. If each race has a racial traits list, give it a chance to roll on that table, and you can make some interesting characters by pushing one button. For example, in the Dragonborn list, we have the following:
So you have your generator setup, and you have given a 10% chance for example on getting a special trait. You roll it once, and get this: “This dragonborn has an odd scale discoloration that looks eerily similar to the crest of a very well known Elven god.”
So now you have a Dragonborn with a crest of an elven god on your body, what does it mean, how does it fit the story line, and what does it mean? Thus one roll has broadened your Dragonborn character’s life, added more spice to the game, and given the GM more tools to make your story yours. I will write other guides on how to do things in TableSmith that I have learned.
But that’s not the only one, how about a character that rolls from the villain traits (“The villains finger and toe nails grow at a prodigious rate.“), the Elf Traits table (“Has lost a cherished friend recently under strange circumstances.”) and then roll on the Faction table (“Huntsmen of Grim-Lock – a group of huntsmen that protect the town of Grim-Lock from the unknown evil of the world. This faction is mysterious in nature, and the very location of Grim-Lock is unknown. Joining the faction much less finding them is a struggle of impossible feats.”). So the rolls have added to your Elf’s story, that he works for the town of Grim-Lock as a huntsman, and one of his friends vanished recently under mysterious circumstances, and personally he has a problem with his nails and is often seen and heard picking them to keep them short.
So by rolling these tables, we have a more decent idea of the backstory of the character, and some traits for the player to use while playing to aid in the RP.
- Copper Dragon. A great dragon, they are noted for their senses of humor. In the horde of a Copper you might find some funny books like
- “The Moonsea Chronicles“,
- “A Hitchhikers Guide to the Multiverse” and
- “7 Habits of Highly Effective Peasants (The sequel to “The Hunger Games: A True Story”)“.
- Sometimes you need to have a character feel the results of something, but know that taking HP is wrong, how about rolling on Zero HPs list of entries?
- The wound you’ve acquired remains painful and you’ve become addicted to pain killers. Each healing potion leaves you with -1 Dex for one hour.
- Blow to the head – wake up speaking another language, have to re-learn common.
- A permanent bruise lays in the center of the player’s chest.
- Sometimes you want the players to find something, but not something specific to the module, more of a way to hide they failed the search check, well roll on the 100 Useless Items found with a failed investigation:
- A bag of hard butterscotch candies, melted together by humidity and time.
- A clay pot with a lid, inside is dried fruit with mold growing on it.
- A few scraps of fine fabric, too small to make anything with.
And many many more…
Below you can download the archive file with ALL the lists in it ready for TableSmith. I have them all in one folder called DNDSpeak, but you can put it however you wish to. I will for my final project with these files move them around, and put traits files in a traits folder to keep them clean. Below each page in the series, after the code is a download button. Use that to grab all the files.
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